Ban on ‘Surprise’ Medical Bills on Track for Jan. 1 Rollout

The Biden administration put final touches on consumer protections against so-called “surprise” medical bills.

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Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra testifies at a hearing, Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Biden administration Thursday finalized long-sought consumer protections against so-called ‘surprise’ medical bills. The ban on charges that hit insured patients at some of the most vulnerable moments will take effect Jan. 1. (Shawn Thew/Pool via AP)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Thursday put final touches on consumer protections against so-called “surprise” medical bills. The ban on charges that hit insured patients at some of life’s most vulnerable moments is on track to take effect Jan. 1, officials said. Patients will no longer have to worry about getting a huge bill following a medical crisis if the closest hospital emergency room happened to have been outside their insurance plan’s provider…

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